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Careers England: Newsletter 148
February 18, 2020
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Cabinet reshuffle
Gavin Williamson will continue in his role as education secretary following a cabinet reshuffle, alongside Schools Minister Nick Gibb. Michele Donelan joins the department as Universities Minister, taking over from Chris Skidmore who was dismissed. Other new additions to the education team include Vicky Ford, Gillian Keegan and Baroness Elizabeth Berridge. Lord Agnew, who was responsible for delivery of the careers strategy, has moved to the Cabinet Office, while Baroness Alison Wolf – famous for the Wolf report – has been appointed skills adviser at Number 10.  Elsewhere, Chancellor Sajid David has resigned after a ‘power-struggle’ with Boris Johnson. He has been replaced by former chief secretary to the Treasury, Rishi Sunak. Robert Halfon has been re-elected as Education Select Committee Chair; the new members of which can be found here. 

Commitment to ESF replacement fund
The government has announced its intention to introduce the UK Shared Prosperity fund by April 2021, to replace the European Social Fund. The article on the Conservative party website states that the fund will be designed to support the most vulnerable. But London Councils warns the move may disadvantage Londoners, and calls for devolution of budgets. 

Save the date – Careers Summit 2020
This year’s Careers Summit will take place on 5th November – please hold the date in your diary and watch this space for further information.  
Task group information.
Our position paper developed by the personal guidance task group is now available online on our website. Please share the paper with your networks.
 
Look out for our next position paper on employer and community engagement which is currently in development. 
News from across the sector
Leave apprenticeship levy alone, urge employers – TES

Universities still fail to give three quarters of places to state school pupils, despite demands of ministers and regulator – Independent

UCAS boosts advice with information from Which? University – UCAS

Over 500 lecturers to come from industry as part of £24m package boost – FE Week

Education Secretary calls on sector to support UK WorldSkills bid – FE Week

T Levels – what are they and who is going to study them? – BBC
Information, consultations and resources
Financial Times resources
The Financial Times has a range of free resources and are looking to add to the collection. To give you a flavour of what’s on offer, there’s a free schools access programme here and a regular careers ‘agony aunt‘. They have requested ideas for the sorts of specific articles that would be relevant for careers leads – please send any suggestions to steve.stewart@careersengland.org.uk 

Apprenticeships 
The think tank EDSK has published a highly critical report on the apprenticeship levy claiming that it is mainly be used to fund existing courses that are repackaged, particularly at management level. It proposes level 3 apprenticeships only that are solely regulated by Ofsted.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published the findings of the annual Apprenticeship Pay Survey. The survey covers England, Scotland and Wales and findings are reported both by nation and combined as Great Britain. The reports include comparisons of pay and conditions for apprenticeships between 2016 and 2018, which is particularly interesting for England because of the significant reforms since 2017.

Overall, basic hourly pay for level 2 and level 3 apprenticeships has increased from 2016 (median basic pay is now £7.10 an hour). The median basic pay in England is lower than the Great Britain average at £6.95 but does still show an increase from the 2016 level. The basic hourly pay for apprentices at level 4 and above has also risen in Great Britain (median of £10.94) and England (median of £11.07).

The findings reveal large differences in basic hourly pay by framework/standards across Great Britain with the basic hourly pay figure for level 2 and level 3 apprentices lowest for Hairdressing (£3.70 median). Basic hourly pay rates increased for nearly all level 2 and 3 apprenticeships. The is the Customer Service framework/standard, where basic hourly pay has decreased.

The report suggests some change to the routes for entry to apprenticeships. In England, 53% of level 2 and 3 apprentices surveyed had already been working for their employer, compared to 64% in 2016. In contrast, the proportion of apprentices surveyed in Wales that were already working for their employer increased slightly from 71 per cent to 74 per cent. The figures for Scotland were similar for 2016 and 2018.

Local Skills Deficit – Learning and Work Institute
A new report commissioned by the Local Government Association and conducted by the Learning and Work Institute provides some fascinating insights into what skills gaps might exist in England over the next ten years. The report takes an innovative approach, modelling potential skills gaps in eight different areas (Essex, Southend and Thurrock; Nottingham City; Staffordshire; Gloucestershire; Greater Lincolnshire; Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; North of Tyne; Southampton and Portsmouth) to provide data both on these localities and on England as a whole.

The picture at the national level is bleak, with six million people projected to be out of work or in a job that they are overqualified for by 2030. The findings estimate a potential national deficit of 2.5 million highly skilled people by 2030, which could lead to a £120 billion loss in economic output.

The findings illustrated here indicate that urgent action is required to address the skills gap. The differences in skills shortages across the eight areas studied suggest the need for some local devolution as part of a broader programme of reform and investment to enhance overall skill and productivity levels.
Conferences, events and training

IEP Summit – 5th March, London 
The Institute of Employability Professionals Summit 2020 is based on the future of work and covers the emerging labour market and associated delivery challenges. More info and book here.

Free Quality in Careers Standard events
Interested in achieving the Quality in Careers Standard? Find out more via three free events in March. Hear from schools and colleges who have achieved the standard – events taking place in Newcastle, Birmingham and Bristol

National career guidance shows 2020
The National Career Guidance Shows are the only free to attend series of conventions for people passionate about careers and will arm visitors with the resources necessary to support and prepare young people and other job seekers, so that they can make a smooth transition from education, training or unemployment into working life. Visit for free – book your place now.
Ofsted News: Issue 84 – October 2019
November 4, 2019
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See the latest Ofsted Newsletter below.

Sections

All Ofsted
Ofsted’s education blog: What is peer-on-peer abuse? – Ofsted’s Sean Harford, National Director for Education, and Yvette Stanley, National Director for Social Care, discuss peer-on-peer abuse: what it is, what schools should be doing when it happens and how we’ve trained our inspectors to recognise it.
Ofsted pen portraits of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMIs) – Updated the national lead for mathematics – Emma Gregory.

Schools
Three convicted of running an illegal school – Local authorities were misled into paying thousands of pounds of public money for children to be educated in an unsafe unregistered school, following Ofsted’s investigation.
Home education: a choice or last resort? – Home education is often being chosen by parents of children with complex needs as a last resort. Read our full home education report.
HMCI commentary: the initial teacher education (ITE) curriculum – Ofsted’s Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, discusses upcoming changes to how we inspect ITE partnerships. Read our ITE curriculum literature review.
Ofsted’s education blog: ‘Deep diving’ in small schools – Mike Sheridan, Ofsted’s Regional Director for London, talks about the new education inspection framework (EIF) and how we’ll inspect the curriculum in the smallest schools.
Video: Matthew Purves and James Bowen in conversation – Matthew Purves, Ofsted’s Deputy Director, Schools, talks with James Bowen, Director of NAHT Edge, about school inspection and deep dives.
School inspection data summary report (IDSR) guide – This guide gives an overview of the data contained in the primary IDSR and information to help interpret the charts.
Inspecting non-association independent schools – Updated guidance with details of the EIF.
Independent schools inspection handbook – Updated with minor changes following the launch of the EIF.
Additional inspections of independent schools: handbook for inspectors – Minor updates to reflect the EIF and independent schools handbook.
State-funded school inspections and outcomes: management information – Published management information as at 30 September 2019. Also, updated table one on the excel files for June, July and August 2019 to correct the percentage of schools at each overall effective grade for North East, Yorkshire and the Humber.

Social care
Surveillance and monitoring in residential childcare settings – Information for providers and managers on the use of surveillance, including CCTV, in their residential childcare settings and how Ofsted will evaluate its use.
Ofsted’s social care blog: The Care Experienced Conference – Yvette Stanley, Ofsted’s National Director for Social Care, discusses the Care Experienced Conference reports.
Ofsted’s social care blog: Kinship care: what are the issues? – Yvette Stanley reflects on two recent survey reports of kinship carers’ views.
Ofsted’s social care blog: National Adoption Week 2019 – a time for celebration, and reflection – Yvette Stanley talks about the importance of adoption and how we look at it on our inspections.

Further education and skills
What does the new education inspection framework mean for further education and skills providers? – Ofsted’s Deputy Director for Further Education and Skills, Paul Joyce, talks about what the new EIF means for further education and skills providers.

Early years and childcare
Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare – Updated consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare as at 30 September 2019.
Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 March 2019 – The Excel charts and tables file has been republished for this release. A minor change has been made in the underlying formulae in Table 2. This corrects an error affecting the filters for this table. This amendment has not changed the underlying data for this release. This is also the case for the 31 August 2018 release and the 31 December 2018 release.

Careers England Newsletter
October 15, 2019
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Ofsted News: Issue 83 – September 2019
October 1, 2019
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See the latest Ofsted Newsletter below.

The education inspection framework (EIF) is now in place. We have published updated copies of the following handbooks to support inspections under the new framework:

We have also updated the safeguarding guidance for inspectors to accompany the launch of the EIF.

What’s changing at Ofsted in autumn 2019? – A round-up of changes to some of the Ofsted services and GOV.UK pages.

Schools
HMCI commentary: managing behaviour research – Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, summarises our findings so far on managing behaviour in schools and our future projects.
Ofsted’s education blog: Prosecution means protection: investigating and prosecuting unregistered schools – Sean Harford, Ofsted’s National Director for Education, talks about our latest unregistered school prosecution and the work of our unregistered schools taskforce.
Presentation: EIF and deep dives – Matthew Purves, Ofsted’s Deputy Director, Schools Policy, gave this presentation on the EIF and deep dives at Herts Assessment’s conference on 23 September 2019.
School inspection update: academic year 2019 to 2020 – Updated the article on using progress 8 data.
Inspecting schools: guidance for parents – Updated to reflect the EIF.
Inspecting schools: guide for maintained and academy schools – Added the leaflet for maintained schools and academies to prepare for an inspection.
Selecting new schools for inspection – This guide gives a summary of how we select new schools to inspect, including free schools and academies.
Risk assessment methodology for maintained schools and academies – The method we use to assess when to inspect maintained schools and academies rated good or outstanding.
Non-association independent schools inspections and outcomes: management information – Published management information as at 31 July 2019.
Using Ofsted’s inspection data summary report (IDSR): early years foundation stage profile to key stage 4 – Updated the details section and added new prototype for primary IDSRs.
State-funded school inspections and outcomes: management information – Published management information as at 31 August 2019.

Social Care
Ofsted’s social care blog: Inspection of local authority children’s services (ILACS) implementation review – how are our children’s services inspections working? – Yvette Stanley, Ofsted’s National Director for Social Care, discusses how our children’s services inspections are working.
ILACS framework: implementation review – This report evaluates the extent to which the ILACS framework has been implemented as intended.
Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF) – Minor updates to all SCCIF handbooks including additional guidance for inspectors in the ‘Listening and talking to children and young people’ sections and updated guidance in the ‘Conduct during inspections’ sections.
Fostering and adoption agency datasets – Published dataset as at 31 March 2019.

Further Education and Skills
Risk assessment methodology for further education and skills providers – The method we use to assess when to inspect further education and skills providers rated good or outstanding.
Further education and skills inspections and outcomes: management information from September 2018 to August 2019 – Added management information as at 31 August 2019.

Early Years and Childcare
Accessibility statement: ‘register as a childminder’ service – This accessibility statement is for our ‘register as a childminder’ digital service.
Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare – Updated consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare as at 31 August 2019.

Careers England Newsletter: 142
July 16, 2019
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DWP Touchbase: Edition 135
July 9, 2019
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This edition of Touchbase includes information on:

•  changes to Universal Credit
•  a Get Your State Pension video
•  supporting parents in conflict
•  Support for Mortgage Interest videos 
•  Childcare choices – 30 hours awareness campaign 

View on line using the link below

http://news.dwp.gov.uk/dwplz/lz.aspx?p1=MJiDUzOTg4NFM1MTA0OjJCMDZBRERFOEY5RjQ3QTVEMDdEMEE4ODE3NzU0RUIx-&CC=&p=0

DWP Touchbase: Edition 134
May 29, 2019
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This edition of Touchbase includes information on:  

  • Jobcentre Plus arrangements for the Spring bank holiday
  • recent changes to Universal Credit
  • practical tips to manage risk for defined benefit pension scheme trustees
  • the Work and Health Programme
  • Childcare Choices
  • a public meeting for the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council
  • the Workplace pension campaign partnership with Gogglebox
  • the Find a job service being shortlisted for prestigious industry awards

View Touchbase Here

DWP Touchbase Newsletter Edition 133
April 12, 2019
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This edition of Touchbase includes information on:

•  Jobcentre Plus arrangements over the Easter period
•  further changes to Universal Credit
•  calling Universal Credit phone lines
•  the Department for Work and Pensions email addresses
•  the mid-life MOT website
•  the workplace pensions campaign
•  the Regional Stakeholder Network
•  mentoring circles in jobcentres

View Newsletter Here

Careers England Newsletter 138
February 22, 2019
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Careers England Newsletter 137
January 13, 2019
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